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Microsoft to host education event May 2

Microsoft to host education event May 2

Software and hardware are on offer, but don't expect a Surface Pro 5

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Microsoft is hosting an education-focused event in New York City on May 2, and the tech titan is expected to reveal new software and hardware. The company sent out invitations a day after it launched the Windows 10 Creators Update, the latest major feature release for its current operating system.

Microsoft is working to make its devices and services appeal to educators, especially as the company faces increased competition from Google’s G Suite and Chromebooks. Both companies are locked in a war over which business will power the future of productivity, and education is a major battleground for each.

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Microsoft attached this image to the email it sent inviting journalists to its May 2 education event.

Office 365 has a whole suite of features aimed at serving education users, including OneNote Class Notebooks, which turn Microsoft’s note taking software into a shared digital workspace for teachers and students. Microsoft has also been working on Windows Cloud, a stripped down version of Windows 10 that’s designed to only run apps built for the Universal Windows Platform.

It’s possible that the hardware unveiled at the show will be a lower cost Surface tablet aimed at the education market, in an effort to compete with Google’s Chromebooks. However, Microsoft junkies shouldn’t expect the company to reveal a refreshed version of its Surface Pro 5 or Surface Book hardware. The company’s rumored Surface Phone is also off the table, according to sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans.

Joe Belfiore, a Windows Phone veteran who took story.sabbatical from the company, has returned to work with the Windows team on education initiatives, according to a Mashable story. It’s unclear if he’ll be making an appearance at the gathering, but Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is slated to speak.

The event comes just a week before Microsoft’s Build developer conference in Seattle.


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